I bought a Kindle.
I know! The techno-assimilation never ends.
I swore I would never buy one because:
- I like real books.
I like the feel of them. I like the ability to flip around easily to, say, the last chapter to find out how it ends before returning to where I was and reading all the way through (blasphemous, I know.)
Being surrounded by shelves full of books makes me feel smart and perhaps a bit elitist, though I own mostly paperbacks so it’s a poor man’s elitism. Bookshelves full of paperbacks is not nearly as elegant as bookshelves full of hardbacks.
- I like to share books.
I mostly only share books with my mom locally and my sister in Idaho, but if I have the latest book in a series we all read and cannot share it because it’s on my Kindle rather than a hard copy I can simply hand over, well, that would suck.
- The price.
$259 for the sole purpose of reading books I still have to pay for at $10 each? Oh, HELL no.
But then Mother’s Day rolled around and I thought, hey, mom LOVES to read and she does it almost exclusively in bed. Back problems force her to lie flat on her back in bed rather than sit up so she only reads paperbacks because she has trouble holding up heavy hardbacks. My recent switch to buying hardbacks to populate my bookshelves in English Library style rather than Summer Beach Reading is problematic for sharing.
So, $259 for a Kindle 2 for mom? Pocket change.
I find it odd that I won’t spend $259 on myself but don’t blink when it’s for mom. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a martyr. I spend plenty o’ cash on electronic toys for myself but the Kindle was something I thought I could live without.
Oh how wrong I was. This is not a review of the Kindle. You can find plenty of those, including this Kindle vs.. iPad video that breaks down the pros and cons of each quite well:
What the Kindle did for me – and yes, I overcame my greed and finally gave it to my mom after a week of playing with it myself – was open my eyes to the world of eBooks.
I found this post about how to convert PDF and other eBook formats to be read on the Kindle, which uses Mobi Pocket Creator, and remembered I have Mobi Pocket Reader on my phone. A download here, a conversion there, and – voila! – I can now read eBooks on my Blackberry Bold. And that’s all I have been doing for the past two weeks. I thought the screen would be too tiny but it is not. I thought having to press a button to advance to the next page so frequently due to the small screen would be a nuisance, but I don’t even have to move my hand to hit the key. I do have a holding-up-the-phone-to-read-in-bed crick in my neck now but what a lovely excuse for a professional massage.
So I don’t actually own a Kindle but I do always have a book – or twelve – with me on my phone for those times when I’m stuck in line at the grocery store or waiting in the dentist’s office or sitting at my desk eating lunch.
I am doing so much more reading now. It doesn’t exactly help my couch potato status but I’m ignoring that. For now.
Next step: check out the local lending library and see if they are set up for eBooks. I hear they can put an expiration of some sort on downloads so the book returns itself to the library at the appointed time. SO MANY POSSIBILITIES.